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March 2013 Blog Posts (10)

Blessings friends!

Been a while since I last posted here. Have really missed you guys. Had a huge change in my lifestyle, as I got a job in early Feb. Goin from not workin (out of my yard) for over 2 years to workin full-time is quite a time management challenge. The awesome part of this is the job is at a national small box hardware chain! My local store owner gives us everything they carry at cost (and shipping is free)! Now I can afford ALL the stuff I have been needing to make my…

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Added by Jay on March 30, 2013 at 8:37am — 2 Comments

Rabbit and guinea pig manure vc for vegetables i will eat

I have 2 rabbits 3 guinea pigs and I'm thinking of vermicomposting their manure and using it as a soil medium for my vegetables... Is this ok? Will the vegetables be safe for consumption? If yes, what must I do before vermicomposting themanure? If no, why not? Thanks!

Added by Marco Adriano on March 27, 2013 at 5:28pm — 4 Comments

Starting from Scratch

I have lumber, and windows.  and a place to build a greenhouse.  It may be a little nonconventional, but I want it to look good in my yard.  this will take me a while, since I work full time, but I'm going to try to get started soon.  I need to build some raised beds as well.  This is my summer project.  I want to get worms composting, an aquaponics system up and running, and get my raised beds planted in the next couple of months.  Texas has the greatest growing season, I'm already…

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Added by Lana Bundick on March 24, 2013 at 7:08pm — 3 Comments

Link to an 'EZ-Worm compost bin'

Check out this link I found today for a very nice looking worm bin made from 1/2" exterior plywood and some 2x4's. it looks like it would be easy to make.

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/naturalyardcare/documents/ez-wormbin_guide.pdf

Added by Rick on March 19, 2013 at 12:15pm — No Comments

European Nightcrawlers Observation

I make my own beer using a 10 gallon Igloo cooler, a 7 gallon stainless pot, and a 6 gallon fermenter. I have tried feeding the spent grains to my red wigglers several times but they always seemed to heat up on my -- A LOT.

I recently purchased some meal worms and decided to feed the spent grains to the meal worms. Meal worms need dry bedding so the grains had to be dried first. I had some left over so I fed some to my EF's and also to my EH's. I have noticed an interesting thing…

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Added by bpearcy10 on March 16, 2013 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Tracking Inputs (And Eventually, output)

My wife and I finally did something we haven't wanted to do for years. We bought a bathroom scale. Now as with many things I advocate at home, I had ulterior motives for wanting a scale. Worm related ulterior motives. Sure we could both stand to lose a few pounds, and sure tracking your weight isn't a bad idea, provided you don't become obsessed. But I also wanted to do something our 5 lb kitchen scale couldn't. I wanted to see exactly how much food I was giving the worms, how many coffee…

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Added by Ben on March 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

EH's

My EH experiment has yielded mixed results. They make some pretty nice castings, but they do not really multiply well for me. Don't get me wrong...they have multiplied, but nothing like EF's do. For comparison, I bought 1 lb of EH's last fall. They are not yet quite 2 lbs in mass. I got about a 1/2 lb of EF's from dad last May and now I have more EF's in mass than EH's, but I haven't actually weighed the EF's yet this year.

My EH's do not really compost large amounts either. They're…

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Added by bpearcy10 on March 7, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Getting Back Into Wormin'

I used to be very active here on the forum. I started small and expanded to another container and then another container and another...you get the picture. But when we moved to Michigan I discarded about 8 lbs of worms in my backyard because I couldn't justify the space in my car for the trip.

As we progressed in the hobby I grew very fond of those black plastic mixing trays. They make a big one and a smaller size. I am partial to the larger size because they hold more worms, but they…

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Added by bpearcy10 on March 6, 2013 at 7:15pm — 4 Comments

Experiment making 'non-bokashi'

Mar 5 - morning - I just checked on the worms and they have moved into and on top of, the non-bokashi.  No heat, smells ok (how good could it smell, it's at least 2 weeks old :-)).  Not bad, two days for the worms to move into the food.  I'll move the photos into my album so you can see the progress. 

Conclusion - using worm castings in a closed 'bokashi type' container to start the decomposition process seems to work out well.  I think you could probably project this out to include…

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Added by Rick on March 5, 2013 at 6:13am — 7 Comments

Black soldier flies

Hi, I want to start breeding black soldier flies for my free range chickens. I do not know where to start. Can you please give me some poiters

Added by Frikkie de Haas on March 3, 2013 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

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